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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. we're following a developing story on this tuesday september 22nd. >> a firefighter was one in a blaze overnight in montgomery county. >> a plan is charged with chasing down another driver and shooting him to death. investigators say his target turned out to be the wrong man. >> the event that would bring pope francis to philadelphia gets under way today. >> good morning. it is of course 4:30 here on this tuesday. matt and david are off. nydia han is joining us as is matt pelman taking a look at your traffic and karen of course has your accuweather. good morning. >> good morning and storm
tracker6 live double scan showing we have some light showers in a few spots this morning, especially north and west of the city right now. so, nearly a town, reading and lancaster so watching for these light showers that are really going to dissipate. on satellite six we have lots of clouds and some of those showers out to the west. for the rest of us we'll see a chance for a sprinkle. it's mostly dry but lots of clouds and kind of cool today. 55 degrees in quakertown, 58 in pottstown, saint davids, 65 in center city. we're looking at 61 in browns mills, 62 in buena and 62 good morning in dover, delaware. as you're heading outside, lots of clouds, a sprinkle in a few spots but especially those light showers out to the north and west. they'll be dissipating within the next couple hours. 76 degrees for your high today, so certainly feeling a bit cool similar to yesterday but we are going to many what up at least a little bit come tomorrow. details on that in the seven-day forecast in just a minute, matt. >> warming up for the start of fall i guess. >> yes, makes perfect sense somewhere. >> exactly as do many things.
googood morning, everybody. it was a much quieter night overnight than the night before. things mostly stayed opened without a lot of major accidents. what's not open is the ben franklin parkway and it's not going to be reopened until sometime next week because of the preparations for the papal visit and the world meeting of families which begins today. the ben franklin parkway shut down both drives in both directions. you can expect gridlock and congestion around the parkway again this morning and on the drives, the kelly and the mlk as you ned towards the art museum but the papal visit also means not a lot of overnight construction this week so here along 95 by cottman avenue everything is opened, no extra overnight work. have some work though he in bucks county in the northbound lanes of route one the super highway. just the left lane squeezing by between oxford valley and route 13. and there's work over here in bellmawr blocking the ramp from 295 southbound to 42 southbound. that should be cleared out by 5 o'clock so in the next half hour but until then maybe use the ramp at the black horse pike and use that for your
southbound travels instead. tam. >> okay, thank you, matt. and developing this morning, a montgomery county firefighter has been injured in a blaze. flames broke out just before 1 o'clock this morning on the one huth block of south chestnut street in lansdale. the house had been convert need apartments. the fire was mostly contained to the third floor. the firefighter in stable condition. crews were able to get that fire under control ultimately but so far no word yet on what caused it to break out. and happening today, the world meeting of families officially gets under way. it's the event that is bringing pope francis to philadelphia later this week. "action news" reporter katherine scott is live outside the cathedral basilica of saints peter and paul and she's got the lasch latest details. good morning, katherine. >> reporter: good morning, tam. big day after all the preparations, after all the talks, months and months of work here in the city, the world meeting of families finally begins today. a lot of people coming in to town and a lot of pilgrims
while they're here will visit the basilica and set up next to the basilica is this grotto he where people can write their intentions on a ribbon and tie them here an lot of people praying for the pope and his visit to north america. the basilica saint peter paul was lit up with moving images, a new exhibit unveiled last night ahead of the world meeting of families which begins today. people are check into hotels across the industry excited for the week ahead. >> we left columbus about 8:45 this morning and we got here just now. >> reporter: it's been a whirlwind of preparation at the convention center. 20,000 are expected this week but by this weekend that could grow to one and a half million. over in fairmount, the start of the security fencing is going up along the perimeter of the francis festival grounds. crews were out last night installing chain link barriers at 25th and pennsylvania. many have waited months for this event and now the time has finally arrived.
>> when i first registered i didn't know the pope was coming. that was an added on bonus. >> for him to be here for the whole week. we're here with some my sisters from my convent and some of the sisters from the local convents around philadelphia. >> reporter: and back here live at the grotto outside the basilica people can come here at all hours of the day. however, it's a quiet moment right now. it's not going to be quiet this weekend, though, and probably over the next several days with all the people in town for the world meeting of families, the opening ceremony for the world meeting of families is this afternoon at the convention center. we're live at the basilica, katherine scott channel6 "action news." nydia. >> katherine thank you. philadelphia schools will be closed monday because of the pope. the district made that announcement last night. the decision also means spring break will be shortened. classes will now be held monday march 21st as a makeup day. because of the jewish holiday tomorrow and the previous decision to close for the pope on thursday and friday today is the last day of school in
philadelphia for a week. officials are trying to sell camden as the gateway to the pope. originally 8500 parking spaces along the riverfront were being reserved for buses that would be bringing in visitors but many of those buses never booked. association passes for the parking spots are now being sold online for $40 a day. >> when you drive into route 676 into camden you show your pass to a police officer and you'll be directed right to the waterfront in camden. >> from there people can take the fer tree philadelphia or if they're feeling up to it they can walk across the ben franklin bridge. another option is the patco speedline. there are still some 60,000 passes left. >> and we are here at the big board this thursday morning as pope francis ends his visit to cuba today with a mass before flying washington for the start of his u.s. tour. this is pope francis' first visit to the u.s. francis' trip to the island nation revolved around two big themes encouraging reconciliation within families and between the u.s. and cuba.
he worked behind the scenes as a mediator in 18 months of secret talks on reestablishing diplomatic relations between the two nations. this pilgrimage was a continuation of that mission meant to encourage progress in the continuing effort to normalize u.s.-cuba ties in fields ranging from commerce to environmental cooperation. meanwhile washington, d.c. and new york city are busy as is philadelphia prepping for the arrival of the pope. unprecedented security measures are in place to keep him safe during his stay. and this afternoon he'll be welcomed by president obama and the first lady while in the nation's capitol his holiness will also be the first pope to address a joint meeting of congress. the pope will then head to new york city before visiting philadelphia as his last stop before heading home. francis has appeared to be in some discomfort walking needing exat a help getting up and down stairs. the pontiff suffers from sciatica and has a bad knee. of course after his stops in
washington, d.c., pope francis arrives in philadelphia on saturday morning. we're all looking forward to that, nydia. >> we are. thank you erin. "action news" is following pope francis on his entire u.s. journey this week from washington to new york and then of course here to philadelphia. rick williams and monica malpass will be reporting live from the nation's capitol beginning today. eva pilgrim and sarah bloomquist will be live in new york starting thursday. >> in other news this morning a two-year-old boy is dead run over by a septa paratransit bus around dinnertime. police say muhammad sylla ran into the 1700 block of south 21st street in point breeze. surveillance video which we are not airing shows the little boy being knocked down and then run over by the left front tire. the child died at chop. his father and another relative were just feet away from the accident working on an suv. "action news" talked to a relative who witnessed the tragedy. >> i feel terrible right now because, you know, he was like breathing real bad and like i
feel terrible. >> police say the bus driver stopped immediately and talked to investigators. at this point they say this appears to be an accident, not a crime. >> 10 more people are charged in connection with a fraternity hazing death in the poconos. chun michael deng died in what police call abusive hazing. the 10 suspects are accused of hindering apprehension hazing and criminal conspiracy. that makes 15 people now under arrest but that number is expected to grow dramatically. police say 37 suspects will be charged, five of them with murder. deng was allegedly blindfolded forced to wear a heavy backpack and repeatedly tackled. he died of severe head trauma. investigators say a case of mistaken identity got a man on i-81 in franklin county shot and killed. timothy davison was killed in his car after someone ran him off the road and then shot him multiple times in january 2014. pennsylvania state police say they've just arrest heed a
suspect john strosser. they say an acquaintance says he was threatening him and his wife the night the victim wall run off i-81 and shot. when the hack capital beltway tans and his wife got on i-81, police say straw ser mistook another driver as them. >> a former peanut company executive faces a stiff sentence for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak. >> water is turning pink. it may look pretty but officials say it's a problem. karen. >> storm tracker6 live double scan shows we've got showers out to the north and west, currently dry in the city. we'll talk about that chance for a sprinkle around in the accuweather forecast coming up
>> new this morning, the water at a bird refuge in santa barbara california has turned pink. this may look pretty but it's the sign of an unhealthy he eco system. warmer temperatures have allowed bacteria to reproduce more frequently. officials believe he a lack of rain may also be to blame. >> that's a disturbing color. >> it's so vivid. >> amazing that comes from the lack of rainily we he haven't
had a lot and we're not anticipating a lot of rain coming our way but we have a lot of sprinkles. let's go right to it with storm tracker6 live double scan looking around the region and we can see showers north and west of the city so look for this if you're in allentown up to the northwest near pottsville and reading, lancaster. these are pretty much going fade out but we are anticipating a sprinkle anywhere through the early morning hours. the rest of the day will be dry with lots of clouds. let's go on outside. we want to see what it looks like on sky6 looking down the ben franklin parkway. we can already see shut down for the papal visit of course this will be the mass will be and we've been following the forecast related to that. let's look at the current numbers. temperatures 65 degrees starting early this morning, not feeling too bad at least in the city. some of the suburbs are much cooler in the 50's. the dewpoint is 52, way down there. no humidity out there. the winds out of the northeast at seven, the barometric pressure is falling. as we look at satellite6 and action radar you can see some of those showers that are predominantly north and west of the city. oftentimes when you see rain to the west it sweeps right
through the city. it's not that motion. as we he can kind of see it lifting up to the north and east. so, we can anticipate a sprinkle here but for the most part the showers are staying north and west of the city and we're looking at future tracker6, that's this morning but now we look at 6:30 in the morning and maybe a shower near the poconos, reading, likely dry in the city but at 9:30 we can start to see maybe a sprinkle or two along the coastline. so, chance for a shower or a sprinkle out there but it's not going to amount to much of anything. at 3:30 in the afternoon we can see the cloud cover that we have now trying to break up a little bit and a little more of that sunshine coming your way for the evening and nighttime hours. so not much rain, just a sprinkle or two around the area but those showers are north and west of the city right now. so, lots of clouds, a sprinkle, 76 for your high. it feels cool out there, doesn't it, just like yesterday but this is actually our average high for the day. so, we had unseasonably mild temperatures for the month and now we're getting to average. 59 degrees under patchy clouds. as we look at the papal weekend we have been watching
an area of low pressure that's going to be down to our south. at this point it still looks dry but it's something we'll have to keep watching. on saturday, sunshine and clouds likely dry and 73. sunday a few more clouds, feeling a little bit cool at 72 degrees. temperatures basically seasonable for this time of year. just a touch cool and at this point looking dry but we really need to keep an eye on that with that area of low pressure down to our south. association lots of clouds today, 76 degrees. yom kippur begins at sundown. tomorrow it's sunny and warmer as fall arrives. we bump up the temperature to 80 degrees, a little bit above average. thursday it's still nice and 81 with clouds and sun. friday partly sunny, 77. saturday for the papal visit 73. sunday clouds and sunshine, 72. on monday, mostly sunny skies and 75 degrees. so, staying pretty dry and of course all eyes will be on the weather this weekend and we're watching an area of low pressure down to our south. at this point it looks dry but we'll have to keep an eye on that. it's a little ways out. >> fingers crossed. thank you karen. a former peanut company
executive could spends the next 28 years in prison for his knoll a salmonella outbreak. stuart parnell was sentenced get albany georgia. during that outbreak nine americans died and hundreds of other people became sick in 2008 and 2009. the jury found that while parnell was the president of peanut corporation of america, he knowingly sold tainted peanut butter and faked results of lab tests. the white house says the u.s. will direct almost $420 million in humanitarian aid toward helping syrian refugees. the money will help pay for emergency healthcare, safe drinking water food and shelter. the white house says the u.s. is now committed $4.5 billion to help address dire conditions inside syria and refugee camps. >> talking a little business now this morning. a new software update is for apple watches now out. they're calling it watch os2. it features a buzz that caused a week long delay in the watch. the update also has new faces
and apps from outside developers that work with its heart rate sensor and other tools. the fallout goes on for volkswagen this morning. vw stock plunged after officials admitted to intentionally rigging half a million cars to defeat american smog tests. the world's largest automaker lost 17 percent of its market value then really equals out to about $15 billion. some better news on wall street. stocks rallied at the close yesterday into positive territory with the dow picking up 125 points. we'll see what happens when stocks open this morning. >> 4:48 now. coming up on "action news," new affordable housing has gone up in philadelphia and is named in honor of the pope. >> a vigil in wilmington honored a homeless man who police say was killed trying protect a woman and a baby. that story and more when "action news" comes back.
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>> ♪ >> tam, she's everywhere. good morning, everybody, it's the last morning of summer and if you're headed out early just a couple things for you to watch out for. overall it's not too bad. little construction going on here along spring garden street headed toward the art museum and eakins oval which is probably something you don't want to do again this morning because the ben franklin parkway remains shut down in both directions for papal preparations and so we
do see delays on routes headed toward the art museum area. stick with the highways, stick with the schuylkill expressway instead which so far this morning looks okay. little overnight construction here as well on the northeast extension northbound at lansdale blocking the right lane. then between lansdale and quakertown left lane is out of commission. southbound past lansdale the right lane is blocked. so you're kind of swerving around to get through those work zones. also work on the ramps connecting the east west turnpike with fort washington but you can squeeze by. speaking of ramps at 10 o'clock this morning they're going to reopen the ramp from arm and hammer boulevard the interchange to 422 westbound its been closed for awhile but it reopens this morning. in berkeley township ocean county watch out for a downed pole blocking the northbound lanes of route nine by korman road. kramer road and the garden state parkway are alternates. the route 13 trolley shuttle busing between mount more rye ya' and yeadon because of some police activity. tam, here you are again. >> all right, thank you, matt. a monroeville salem county man is charged with extortion and manufacturing child
pornography. yesterday authorities made public the indictment against 31-year-old mychal van coolen. investigators say he stalked young girls online. prosecutors allege he obtained sexually explicit photos -- videos of four girls ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old. >> the mother who was attacked last week in rodney square now speaking out. amedy muhammad was at a vigil last night held for the homeless man who died while protecting muhammad and her baby. last monday night 27-year-old thomas cottingham was stabbed to death while helping amedy muhammad escape a man who was chasing her with a knife. >> i really feel like it's my fault but i didn't know neither one of them. i didn't know why the man was chasing me. i don't know if he mistaken me he as somebody else or what. but that man was the only person that jump need to help me out of all the people that was out here.
and if that man didn't help me, me and my daughter would have been slaughtered. >> many at last night's vigil want a memorial bench or plaque to be put up in the square to honor cottingham. >> new affordable housing is going up in philadelphia's chinatown and it will honor pope francis. the building in the 800 block of arch street will be named the francis house of peace. the house be will be for people who were once homeless or qualify for low income housing. yesterday there was a dedication ceremony. nonprofit organizations project home and the philadelphia chinatown development corporation worked together to build this. we'll be right back.
>> three people were injured and nine homes destroyed after a house exploded near dallas, texas. the explosion could be felt miles away. investigators have not determined the cause but suspect it was from a natural gas leak. as many as 10 other nearby homes were damaged by the blast and falling debris. burglars wearing monkey masks have been targeting businesses in nebraska. surveillance photos show the criminals. police in several counties are working together to identify the burglars and solve the crime spree. >> a protest during canada accidentally caught on fire. it happened sunday in ontario. the kettle first nation had just reached a deal with the canadian government. some members disagreed with the deal and set a protest fire when some other members tried to put the fire out a 61-year-old man then tried to reignite the flames with gasoline but he briefly caught fire and was rushed to the
hospital with second degree burns. the burned man is expected to survive. >> 4:57 and straight ahead at 5:00, a local roman catholic teacher who was fired over her same-sex marriage will get to greet pope francis when he arrives in america. her story is next. >> also, a wounded warrior and his service dog are not allowed to board a flight home just after the dog receives a national award. >> ♪ ññ
>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's 5:00 a.m. on this tuesday september 22nd. matt is off. nydia han is joining us. here's what's happening. >> restaurant damaged an firefighter hurt these are the results of a blaze in delaware overnight. >> the world meeting of families officially gets under way today. we're live outside the cathedral basilica saint peter and paul with the very latest. >> say goodbye to summer and hello he to fall which officially began today and it is beginning to feel more like autumn. >> it's definitely chilly when you step outside in the morning. it's kind of nice. let's go on over to karen rogers. she's in for dave murphy and matt pelma